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  • Blog Post: Using NTFS compression and DFS Replication together

    A customer recently asked whether he can use NTFS compression on volumes or folders where replicated files are stored. The answer is yes, you can compress replicated content using NTFS compression, but we recommend against using NTFS compression on the Jet database for reasons described in KB article...
  • Blog Post: Disabling Last Access Time in Windows Vista to improve NTFS performance

    An observant Windows Vista user noticed a registry named NtfsDisableLastAccessUpdate under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\FileSystem and asked us what this means. Last Access Time is a file attribute that’s updated when a file is accessed or otherwise touched. (This is often confused...
  • Blog Post: Chkdsk updates to compact the $secure file

    Recently, Microsoft Support released an update for Windows Server 2003 SP2 that allows Chkdsk.exe tool compact the NTFS security descriptor stream (a.k.a. $secure file). Depending on the file system usage, this descriptor can consume a lot of disk space. After getting to a certain size, no more...
  • Blog Post: NTFS beta chat transcript posted

    Here's an overdue transcript of our NTFS beta chat held in July. NTFS chat transcript --Jill
  • Blog Post: Why can’t I see all files in a Shared folder?

    If the clients can only access and view a subset of files or folders present in a shared folder, it might be for one of the following reasons: 1. Share and NTFS permission Please check if you have granted the users with the different Share and NTFS permissions on these share folders and files. We need...
  • Blog Post: Migrating from NTFS-based quotas to File Server Resource Manager (FSRM) quotas in Windows Server 2003 R2

    A customer recently asked about how to migrate NTFS quotas to FSRM quotas. Georgi Matev, the program manager for FSRM, responds: If NTFS-based quotas were used for user home directories, the migration is pretty straightforward. First, the customer needs to create one or more FSRM quota templates that...
  • Blog Post: New File Systems and Storage white papers, by Dilip Naik - MVP

    Dilip Naik , File Systems and Storage MVP, just released 3 new white papers: Best Practices To Avoid Fragmentation While Writing To A File NTFS and Thin Provisioning HyperV Storage Deep Dive enjoy the reading, -- Malu Menezes
  • Blog Post: NTFS Beta Chat Transcript (July 12, 2006)

    Chat Topic: Join the NTFS file system team to ask questions about NTFS in Windows Vista Date: Wednesday, July 12, 2006 Wendy [MSFT] (Moderator): Welcome to today’s chat with the NTFS Team. We will try to answer as many questions as we can today. Participants should type their questions, select the “Ask...